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Number Of Women, Girls With Access To Contraception Rising, But More Must Be Done, FP2020 Report, Melinda Gates Say

News outlets discuss a new report from Family Planning 2020 (FP2020) and Melinda Gates’s comments on the report and access to contraception.

The Guardian: Family planning drive reaches millions of women and girls
“The number of women and girls accessing contraceptives in developing countries rose by 8.4 million last year, but efforts to bring family planning to millions of women who have not been reached are not moving fast enough, according to a report published on Monday. … The report, Partnership in Progress, assessed how the funding boost had influenced women’s reproductive health standards in the world’s poorest countries…” (Kweifio-Okai, 11/3).

Reuters: Melinda Gates backs contraception for healthier, wealthier future
“Giving the millions of women who need it contraception and pregnancy advice will help avoid illness, disadvantage and poverty for current and future generations, Melinda Gates said on Monday. The co-founder of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation told Reuters she is encouraged by progress in the past two years in putting family planning at the center of woman and child health programs, but says more needs to be done to ensure all women can choose freely whether and when to have children…” (Kelland, 11/3).